Three suspected robbers hospitalised after beating by mob in Kinoo
Three suspected robbers were severely injured after they were attacked by an irate mob Sunday night in Kinoo, Kiambu County.
The trio; Topla Muteti, Kelvin Kamau and Erick Karanja, all aged between 21 and 22 are said to have robbed a woman at night before she raised an alarm prompting the three to flee on a getaway motorbike.
According to a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the alarm attracted the attention of nearby boda boda operators who took a chase after the trio.
"Immediately after the attack, the trio immediately took flight aboard a red motorbike, prompting the boda boda riders to give chase at full light, baying for their blood. In a scene reminiscent of the Grand Prix Motorcycle Championship, the roaring sound of speeding motorbikes rent the air, as over 30 motorbikes went after the thugs in the characteristic sleepy, Kinoo township," read the statement.
"As the thugs approached stage 87, the ‘nduthi’ men closed in on them at breakneck speed, with the engines of their spirited bikes rumbling fiercely following the onslaught."
Upon being cornered, one of the suspects jumped off the motorcycle but his attempts to flee were futile. The remaining two then fell into a ditch after the motorcycle wobbled for a few meters.
The mob that had already caught up with the trio descended on them with kicks and blows, claiming they were damaging their reputation by using motorbikes to commit crime.
"What followed was a beating the thugs had never experienced in their lives, as the boda boda riders descended on them with blows and kicks accusing them of soiling their good name by using motorbikes as their gateway means after committing crime," stated the DCI.
Police officers from Kinoo Police Station responded to the commotion and saved the lives of the three, who were found in possession of a homemade firearm capable of firing.
"The thugs are currently fighting for their lives at a hospital in Wangige, Kiambu county," said DCI.
Meanwhile, the motorbike used by the thugs under the registration number KMFH 382L, remains in police custody as detectives launch investigations into the crime.